How To Eat An Easter Egg

Carefully. Very carefully. Easter eggs are full of surprises. These surprises come to us from the XVI century. Even the chocolate egg that today we take for granted was a XVI century Easter egg surprise. The chocolate, of course, was found on the inside of a regular egg: the egg was sucked-out dry and refilled through a tiny hole.

Here in Versailles you can see two surprise eggs at Musee Labinet. The eggs were presented to Madame Victoire, the daughter of Louis XV. They open in the middle, the way the plastic eggs open today. The shell of course is real. Right there, below, you can even see cracks! What we find on the inside of these two eggs looks like a miniature grotto, a garden and a small house. Perhaps this is where Marie-Antoinette got her idea for the toy grotto, toy garden and the toy farm-house? 

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